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      Foods that may trigger migraine

      For people living with migraine, there are many factors that can trigger migraines and certain foods can be one too. There is no single particular diet that doctors prescribe as the trigger differs from individual to individual. Here are some common foods that can be a trigger.


      For many, alcohol is a major trigger for migraine.  Some of the most common drinks that are triggers are beer, champagne, red wine, whiskey, and Scotch.

      Cut down cheese

      Brie, Blue, Cheddar, Feta, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Muenster and Swiss are cheese varieties rich in Tyramine, a natural compound that can act as a migraine trigger.


      MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a key ingredient in soy sauce and meat tenderizer, it has been known to start a migraine within just 20 minutes. Watch out for it being listed on packaged foods as “all natural preservatives” or “hydrolyzed protein.”

      Nitrates and nitrites are chemicals incorporated into many cured and processed meats such as hot dogs, ham, and bacon. These make your blood vessels swell and this can trigger a headache.


      When you consume too much caffeine and later have caffeine withdrawal (or not having enough) this may give you migraines. However, the paradox is that the American Migraine Foundation says that caffeine may actually help stop oncoming migraines. It may also bring headache relief with occasional use.


      Most of us love chocolate but according to the American Migraine Foundation, this is probably the second most common trigger for migraines after alcohol. You will be surprised to know that it affects around 22 percent of migraine patients. It has both caffeine and beta-phenylethylamine, which can start off a headache in some people.

      Foods high in salt

      Salty foods especially salty processed foods may have harmful preservatives which can start off migraines in some people. 


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